The miraculous gift of a second chance....
"Am I dead? But I was in too much pain to be dead, right? I put my left hand right up to my face, but I couldn't see even a hint of it. As I lay on my right side, my right arm and leg were pinned underneath me. A huge slab of concrete pressed against my head. Mustering all my strength, I pushed against it. Nothing. With my left hand, I could feel that an immense steel beam encased the rest of my body.
I was sealed in a coffin of concrete and steel. I screamed for help, but my voice went nowhere. I was alone. Completely alone."
For 27 hours, Genelle remained below the surface of Tower One's rubble. During that time, she couldn't help but reflect on the life she'd lived and how she'd drifted from the faith she once knew. One of her most painful regrets was that she'd left her daughter behind in Trinidad while she pursued her dream of singing and dancing in America. As death now seemed certain, she feared where it would take her. And then she remembered witnessing the miraculous recovery of her aunt when she was a child in Trinidad. Maybe, just maybe, God had a miracle for her as well.
For hours she prayed, remembering each detail of her walk away from the faith she'd known as a child. She begged God to forgive her - accepting that she may soon die, but praying for the miracle of life and a chance to live that life with a new purpose and direction.
God answered her prayer by sending an angel to sustain her. Now living in the light, Genelle is making good on the promises she made in the dark while buried in the rubble.
©2011 Genelle Guzman-McMillan (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"This isn't just Genelle's incredible story. This is a story that does honor to the innocent victims of 9/11 whom we will never forget." (Gary Tuchman, CNN national correspondent)
"I simply devoured Angel in the Rubble; I read it from cover to cover and found it impossible to put down! Genelle's life is undeniable proof that miracles still happen." (Crystal Woodman Miller, survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and author of Marked for Life)
it's great that things ended positively for genelle however I do feel that it was exceptionally pushy with regards to her religious beliefs. A great chunk of this book is dedicated to religious characters, passages, stories and beliefs. I appreciate people have different religious views however I found this to be a bit tiring and difficult to finish because of how much she mentions it. I opted to read this to gain insight into the 911 attacks from an eyewitness/victim perspective and I feel that there was only a small amount of that in this book. Again, great that genelle survived but feel this book is very lacking and tiring to get through.
"Reminded Me of Kindergarten"
I enjoyed this book and probably would have done better with a print edition. The reader totally ruined it for me. She has the inflection and delivery of a kindergarten teacher speaking slowly and with great drama and it made me insane. I shall avoid her in the future.
This is an inspiring read – and a must read for anyone who wants to listen to a 9/11 survival story. I haven’t read one in all of these years and now I have read two in two weeks. I want to remember to see life as she now does and look at each day as an ‘extra day’. You can be either a believer or a non believer to get a boost from this book.
The narrator is excellent as well – one could imagine that it was Genelle narrating herself.
The audio is 6 hours long and there seemed to be a bit of a redundancy in the content, but you know, it wasn't a bad thing because it was a worthwhile discussion!
"Great true story"
A well told true story which keeps you intrigued all the way through. It is very hard to interupt while listening. Very well read.
"Good Book For A Long Weekend Prior to Sept 11"
I read this book in a matter of two days, it held my interest and I couldn't put it down. This book answered a question I have always had, why didn't everyone evacuate the buildings after the first plane hit? And it drove home how important it is to act quickly and follow your instincts. I got lost on the second to last chapter, I think, where she talked about things that didn't flow with the book.
As to the reader, she irritated me with her mispronunciation of the last name Guzman! It is not pronounced "GOOSE-man" it is "gooz-MAWN" with the stress on the last syllable and the z pronounced like zebra. I would like to see a little more sensitivity shown in the area of Hispanic names from some of these readers. It may seem a small thing, but think of the commercial where the guy at the interview repeatedly says "Mr. Dumb-ass" instead of " Mr. Dumas".
However, if you like human interest stories, this is a good one. Not as good as My Life On the Other Side of the Sky, but a good book for a long weekend.
"Heads up wake-up call!"
This was totally amazing and I felt right there with the person as she finds herself trapped.
This was an easy book to keep listening to.
"Half a sermon"
I would have shorten it significantly after the rescue. The second half of the book was like attending a religious lesson. It was preachy to the point of being annoying. I did not finish the book
Not this author
She did ring the character to live
The sermon lectures. It is obvious God made a difference in her life and that is as important element. She could have made a difference in others life in the story itself without all the side Bible lessons
Only audible I have not enjoyed!
Spoke like we were little children being explained something complicated
While we are all interested in people's accounts of what happened during the attack this one piqued my curiosity as her story is the only one I have heard of a rescue so much time after the collapse of the WTC buildings. I can completely relate to the reflections of the mistakes of your life when you are facing death, and knowing how God can change a bad situation from good to bad, I felt that it related little to her emotional and physical struggles that one would certainly be challenged with, as all it seemed to give was a brag story of how she kept her promises to God if she lived. Then the end was nothing short of a sermon that didn't glorify God but herself and how awesome she was now. It was completely sugar coated, I couldn't even finish the book. Don't get me wrong I am a believer and rely on God in all those difficult times. But I know God takes us through journeys to grow and not just have an instant fairy tale happy ever after ending. For example how can one be trapped for so long and not be able to move on and not face any after effects?
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